USIP’s Religion and Peacebuilding Program

Several weeks back my boss David Smock, my colleague Palwasha Kakar, and I participated in an event at the Rumi Forum here in Washington, DC at which we discussed the work of the Religion and Peacebuilding Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. David spoke about how the program came into existence, and Palwasha and I discussed some of our work on-the-ground in Libya, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Burma, and elsewhere. Marc Gopin, a scholar and practitioner of religious peacebuilding in his own right, moderated the event.  I’ve pasted the video here for your viewing pleasure (clearly in the still shot of the video I am describing how I determine the ripeness of a cantaloupe).

In a similar vein, in December an anthology will be published by Cambridge University Press entitled Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics in which I have a chapter about the evolution of the Religion programs at USIP over two decades. There are lots of awesome contributors in the volume. I felt a bit out of my league (one of these things is not like the other ones!).

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